Massachusetts

Woman Found Dead in Burning House in Westboro, Firefighters Say

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday afternoon, according to the Massachusetts Fire Marshal's Office

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A woman was found dead in a house fire in Westboro, Massachusetts, Monday, the town's fire chief said.

Firefighters were seen at the burned home on Belknap Street near Upton Road Monday.

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Fire Chief Patrick Purcell said the woman who died was elderly, and found in the living room. Her daughter reported the fire.

A firefighter and police officer who responded to the blaze were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

"It’s a really dark day for our community, for the family and for the firefighters here at Westborough fire," he added.

Some of about two dozen propane tanks in the rear of the home exploded during the fire as well, he said, and the house is a total loss. The blaze also set off a brush fire in the backyard.

“The high winds at this location also caused a brush fire behind the residence that required extinguishment by personnel on scene," Purcell said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday afternoon, according to the Massachusetts Fire Marshal's Office.

The woman who died hasn't been identified.

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